The free app Sock Puppets is used widely in the classroom. Kids love puppets and the prevalence of the iPad, iPod Touch or iPad make it a convenient tool for teacher. The distorted voice replay and multiple puppets, backgrounds and props make any learning fun for kids especially between the ages 7-11. Here are 6 ways to use Sock Puppets in the classroom:
1. Student introductions. This is a fun and entertaining way to help students break the ice and to help alleviate those first day jitters.
2. Generating ideas. A fun way to start brainstorming ideas through speech before getting stories out on paper.
3. Create short dialogs. Have one puppet ask a question and the other can answer. Replay the videos to reinforce the correct answer.
4. Display conflict resolution methods. Have students record their own conflict scenarios and make a dialogue between two puppets solving their problems. Teacher Mr. Eric Hills explains how he used Sock Puppets to create a fun and interesting exercise to describe different ways for his students to communicate with one another.
6. Teach and learn conversational skills and manners. In a review by Heather Strebel, she wrote that she found it useful for her students in speech therapy.